National Insurance is unfortunately yet another way scammers are now attempting to attack Britons and make them part with their personal information. Now, several local police departments as well as worried people who have been targeted, are issuing warnings for Britons to stay on their guard. In recent days and weeks, many people have been targeted with what appears to be a legitimate call about their National Insurance number.
Upon picking up the phone, the individual is told their National Insurance number has supposedly been “compromised”.
This information is likely to worry those who receive it, particularly as a National Insurance number is used for a wide variety of issues in day-to-day life including receipt of wages, salary or benefits.
The victim of the scam is then informed the issue will need to be rectified immediately – and they will need to “press one” on their handset in order to be connected to an official.
A failure to do so, the phone call states, will result in a warrant being issued for the person’s arrest, and their National Insurance number being cancelled.
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Britons are now being told their National Insurance number is associated with fraud taking place “close to the Welsh border” or “on the border of North Wales”.
This specific detail could add legitimacy to the scam and frighten individuals who are targeted.
Unfortunately though, there is no specific phone number to pin the calls down to.
This is because scammers are using various mobile numbers, which may even be ’spoofed’ to prevent them from being traced.
Consequently, Britons should be looking out for some of the key aforementioned warning signs to avoid being duped.
Individuals who have been targeted should firstly hang up the call straight away, but those who think they have been scammed should contact Action Fraud.
In the case where someone has shared their bank details, contacting one’s banking provider immediately is the best course of action.
This was an opinion shared by a number of people who took to social media to share their close brushes with the latest version of this scam.
One wrote: “Just had a recorded message claiming to be from the National Crime Agency to tell me they’ve had to suspend my National Insurance number.
“I hung up at that point, but clearly a scam, no one fall for this type of thing please!”
Another said: “It’s just mad. It makes me so cross as so many people will be conned by them. I never trust anything anymore and always go online to log in and check.”
A third person stated: “It genuinely really scared me for a few moments before I rationalised it was a scam. They said that due to criminal activity my national insurance had been withheld. Terrifying.”
And a fourth person issued a warning to anyone in receipt of benefits and payments such as Universal Credit, PIP or the state pension.
They stated: “It said my National Insurance will be cancelled but that I will not receive any more wages or benefits as it has been involved in criminal activity. SCAM!”
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